Think Black Women Deserve More than 63 Cents to the Dollar? Join the #BlackWomensEqualPay Day Twitter Storm

July 31, 2017


Time: 2–3 p.m. ET
Location: On Twitter! Follow @AAUW@AAUWPolicy, and hashtag #BlackWomensEqualPay
Cost: Free

Event Description

Would you like to work 19 months just to get paid the same paycheck your coworkers get in 12 months? That’s the case for black women in the United States, who are paid 63 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.

#BlackWomensEqualPay Day, which takes place on July 31, is the symbolic day when black women’s earnings “catch up” to white men’s earnings from the previous year. When 70 percent of black mothers serve as the primary or sole breadwinner in their family, every penny counts. The pay gap threatens women’s economic security and can hinder women’s ability to pay bills, including student loans. AAUW’s new report, Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans, found that a whopping 57 percent of black women who were repaying student loans reported that they had been unable to meet essential expenses within the past year. After all, it’s hard to pay bills when you’re missing a huge chunk of your paycheck.

Help take action this #BlackWomensEqualPay Day! Join our Twitter storm, when we’ll explain the gender pay gap, suggest solutions, and, with your help, advocate for change.

Follow @AAUW and @AAUWPolicy and use hashtag #BlackWomensEqualPay.

Learn more about black women’s Equal Pay Day.

AAUW has observed or will observe the following additional equal pay days in 2017.

March 7, 2017
Asian American women’s Equal Pay Day

May 1, 2017
White women’s Equal Pay Day

May 23, 2017
Mothers’ Equal Pay Day

Download an image to share on social media.

Shareable showing the pay gap by race for several groups of women

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Most women of color are even deeper in debt (infographic)

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Mark your calendar for 2017 equal pay day dates.

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at this rate your great, great, great granddaughters might have fair pay

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Sample Tweets


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